Welcome to the Merkhofer Family page at Surname Finder. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Merkhofer surname. As vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Merkhofer genealogy.
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I. The Merkhofer Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Merkhofer family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Merkhofer brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Merkhofer Ancestors
II. Merkhofer Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Merkhofer records. Years ago many people were unable to read and write, thus a given ancestor's name could be spelled in a variety of ways depending on who recorded it. If you want to know How can I locate old newspapers for Merkhofer research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Merkhofer
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Merkhofer records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Merkhofer family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Merkhofer Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Merkhofer surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Merkhofer DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Merkhofer ancestors were related, it can easily prove if they weren't. Be sure you understand what types of research issues each different DNA test can address before you spend any money. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Merkhofer research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
V. Merkhofer Family History
For most people, just about every aspect of their life has been influenced in some way by their ancestors. Look beyond the names and dates to understand how and why your Merkhofer ancestors lived and strived to make a better life for their descendants. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Researching Criminal Records" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Merkhofer family history.
VI. Networking with Merkhofer Researchers
If you are doing genealogy research in a particular town or region distant from where you live, you may want to consider posting a message board query requesting a lookup; often local volunteers or residents are willing to lend a hand, but remember to be specific in your request and be respectful of others' time. The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Merkhofer queries.
You may also want to consider posting a query to the Community Message Boards at Genealogy Today to get assistance from other researchers on your most elusive Merkhofer ancestors.
VII. Merkhofer Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Merkhofer Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Merkhofer, contact the folks at ProGenealogists for a free research estimate. You may also find it helpful to read, "When, Why and How to Hire a Professional Genealogist."
To have your web site/blog listed on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page will appear once its content has been reviewed by one of our editors.
IX. Upcoming Merkhofer Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Merkhofer family history, which provides opportunities to share stories and visit cemeteries or old home sites; you may even want to consider as a one-day activity, having each family take on the task of gathering information from the local courthouse, school district, public library, etc. -- this, of course, requires advance planning and assignment, but could generate considerable interest and results. The article "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Merkhofer reunion.
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